Crowd turns out to salute Harpham

Colleagues relive highlights of working with EPD veteran

Chris Durant

The Times-Standard

The Eureka Police Department classroom was packed Friday with people telling 50 years worth of sto­ries about Capt. Murl Harpham.Harpham started with the depart­ment on June 15,1957. Current and former law enforce­ment personnel, including Harpham's former partners, and members of the public came from around the area to tell tales — and say some nice words — about Harpham. Even those who didn't work with him directly, say that Harpham — known for his straight-talking, no-nonsense ways — made his mark with them, "It takes a real special person to be in law enforcement as long as he has and not become jaded and cyn­ical," said Arcata Police Capt. Tom Chapman., Most of the tales involved Harpham's well-known sense of humor.